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MONDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Inclement weather postpones local events

2014-01-06T22:00:00Z 2014-06-24T21:22:10Z MONDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Inclement weather postpones local eventsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 06, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

No school means no practice for region prep sports teams, and the issue is even more problematic in a sport like wrestling, where athletes also have to compete with the scale.

A few dormant days can mean a few unwanted pounds.

"It's a different breed," Valpo coach Mark Line said of the sport. "Everybody's pretty much in the same boat. I'm an old-school guy. I've always done different things growing up. Jump rope. Do jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, run in place. You've just got to make the best of it."

While Line can't hold practice when school is closed, his wrestlers only need to walk out their front door to get some quality exercise.

"You can throw your stuff on and shovel snow or run through the snow and get weightlifting and conditioning," he said. "My neighbor has a snow blower. I don't use one. I go out and challenge myself to get my driveway done before him. I come in drenched, but it's fun doing it."

Line's son Austin and some other wrestlers turned a sledding outing into a cardio workout.

"They'd sled down, then chase each other up the hill," Line said. "You've just got to use a little ingenuity and try to make the best of it."

The closing of schools Monday and today are impacting a full slate of prep games.

Not all games were immediately rescheduled as coaches and athletic directors were originally slated to return to school after the winter break on Monday.

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